World’s richest human: Slim Pickens — oops, no, — it’s Carlos Slim


Carlos Slim Haddad Helú:  is the latest to be crowned richest human on earth (with apologies to Bill Gates, although Mr. Gates is not moping)…  Slim ( if I may be so casual), was born on January 28, 1940, in Mexico City, Mexico.

Most of his wealth comes from his financial ownership of various telecommunications entities, such as Teléfonos de México, Telcel and América Móvil, although he also has extensive interests in other multinational companies, such as Altria (Big Blue, to aficionados of the stock markets).

“His father was Julián Slim Haddad (Yusef Salim Haddad), a Lebanese Maronite Christian, who as a teenager fled to Mexico in 1902, escaping the harsh military rule of the Ottoman Turks. His father and two of his older brothers arrived at the Mexican port of Tampico, making their way to Mexico City.

In 1911, Julian established a dry goods store called La Estrella del Oriente and took a gamble and bought up some prime real estate in the city core – a shrewd move, as it turned out.

Slim Haddad married Linda Helú, daughter of another prosperous Lebanese merchant, and had six children. Carlos Slim Helu was the fifth of the six children. Carlos credits his father as his mentor in business, retailing and finance. Julian Slim Haddad died in 1952, leaving his family a moderately prosperous economic base from which Carlos launched his successful financial career.”

Carlos Slim Haddad Helú, I suppose, gets his name Slim as a variation of his father’s original name, Salim… ( Sometimes I get a flash of commonsense.)…  By the way, I wonder if Slim could be talked into using part of his wealth to provide jobs for the hardworking Mexican men and women so they would not have to disrupt their lives and head al norte

[The parts in quotations are derived from Wikipedia.]

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  1. I agree-wouldn’t it be swell if Slim could use just a small part of his vast wealth to help his less fortunate countrymen.

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